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Jan 13

Lack of Protein, Vitamins and Minerals Cause Issues for Weight Loss Surgery Patients

Vitamins Minerals and Protein Critical for Weight Loss Surgery Patients

Focus on feeling great.

My hair is falling out. I’m exhausted. I’m getting leg cramps. I bruise so easily.

These challenges aren’t faced only by weight-loss-surgery (WLS) patients. However, we WLS patients have a higher risk of facing these challenges due to our small amount of food intake and malabsorption.

So, we’ve gotta focus. Focus on protein and a hard-core commitment to taking our supplements.

I know:

♦  Argh, I too hate taking my supplements. But, oh they help me feel good and stay on track

♦  Argh, I too am tested daily to take in enough protein. But, oh how it helps me feel good and keep from getting hungry too quickly

♦  Argh, there is so much to learn about this lifestyle. But, education is our sword of health, success and thus increased happiness

How To Get the Protein, Vitamins and Minerals You Need

The simple solution is follow doctor’s orders to a T — which translates to, “Take your supplements every day and track your food intake and nutrition.”

That’s all well and good. But, what do they say about good intentions?

The better question might be, what symptoms could indicate a deficiency? The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery provides this list.

Protein Deficiency Signs and Symptoms

  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Leg swelling

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency Signs and Symptoms

  • Calcium: bone pain
  • Iron: fatigue
  • Zinc: brittle nails
  • Vitamin A: inability to see in the dark
  • Vitamin E: poor wound healing
  • Vitamin K: easy bruising
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin): fatigue

Before making changes in diet, vitamins and medications, be sure to consult your physician.

 


 

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About the author

Laurie Lee Dovey

LLD is a writer, photographer, marketing and media consultant, hunter, angler, RVer, sports nut, poker player, and wife.

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